“The virtue of political extremism is that once you get people all torn up and upset, steam coming out of their ears, they will show up and vote. . . . Will you care as much as they do and show up and vote?” Clinton asked. [Washington Post]
THIS IS an extraordinary development, with Ken Cuccinelli so freaked out about what could happen next Tuesday that he invited Senator Rand Paul to Virginia to warn about eugenics in the face of a possible Terry McAuliffe win. That’s how extreme Cuccinelli is and explains why women and independents are running as fast as they can away from Republicans in this state, even choosing libertarian candidate Sarvis instead.
Tea party hero Rand Paul warned scientific advancements could lead to eugenics during a Monday visit at Liberty University, looking to boost the political fortunes of fellow Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s bid for governor.
During a visit to the Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell, Paul looked to energize conservative supporters by warning that genetic tests could identify those who are predisposed to be short, overweight or less intelligent so that they could be eliminated. With one week remaining before Election Day, Cuccinelli is hoping the joint appearance with the U.S. senator from Kentucky will encourage the far-right flank of his party to abandon third-party libertarian spoiler Robert Sarvis.
“In your lifetime, much of your potential – or lack thereof – can be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek,” Paul said to a packed sporting arena on Liberty’s campus. “Are we prepared to select out the imperfect among us?”
Some states ran eugenics programs that sterilized those considered defective in the 1900s, though all were abandoned by the 1970s after scientists discredited the idea.
Desperate to turn out the Tea Party base, Ken Cuccinelli has “given up the mainstream,” according to some Democrats, which is putting it mildly. That Cuccinelli was allowed to represent Republicans in the Virginia governor’s race this year shows how extreme the GOP has become in this state.
Senator Rand Paul allowed himself to be revealed in the most extreme terms here, all in the hopes of saving a failed candidacy, while compromising his own, should he run in 2016.
Virginia is a purple state, but also a state that depends on a federal government partnership, with the Republicans shutdown causing a great deal of fall out here.
As Bill Clinton said over the weekend while campaigning for McAuliffe, whose run an aggressive campaign by every measure. The right-wing extremists can be revved into a frenzy, which is how they win off-year elections. If Democrats are really worried that people won’t get out to vote next Tuesday, that extremists hawking eugenics as a battle cry can win, then there really is no hope for the commonwealth.
Terry McAuliffe is not taking any chances or taking anything for granted. He’s run his entire campaign like he wants the governorship and he will not stop until he gets it. It’s surprised even his most savage critics, because McAuliffe wants this for himself, because he wants to prove that he can do something for Virginia, a state where he and his wife have raised five children, with the hopes he can give something back and put his dealmaking talent to good use for this state.